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Why Roger Ebert Was Wrong – Video Games Can Be Art

WC writes: Everyone ready for a self-indulgent rant? Because I bought this soapbox in from the car, and they only let you hire out these megaphones for the day. So, ready? Excellent. Testing. Testing. Is this coming across self-righteous enough up the back there? Can you hear me being all judgemental? Okay. Here goes.

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TukkerIntensity1395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

Roger Ebert is really going to lose face over these comments.

TheTimeDoctor1395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

well said! he's like a freakin mr potato head!

jeseth1395d ago

Its "Video Games can be art" .... its "Video Games have been art since the beginning".

Video Games are one of the best mediums for both entertainment and artistic expression over the last 25 years especially. Just consider how much imagination and ceativity has gone into teh greatest gaming moments of our lives!

Roger Ebert is a turd. He doesn't even know a good movie when he sees one ... I'd trust a 10 year old on a video gaming opinion over him!

Gaming1011395d ago

Videogames entail several art forms - storytelling, sound design, music, graphics design, gameplay design, all art forms in their own right.
It is the luddites who are out of touch, who have never played videogames who demonize them, degrade them, and degrade those who play them.

guitarded771395d ago

No poop... this is based on comments from over two years ago.

RXL1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

hey!...watch your language...there's children present!

guitarded771394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

@ RXL

I have to watch my language... I lost 3 bubbles for cussing. Mods take that poop seriously around here. Well, actually 2 for cussing and 1 for cussing and talking poop about a particular big gaming site. Plus the word poop is just fun to say... especially if you say it twice in a row.

RXL1394d ago

iv gotten poop for my language as well..i feel your pooping pain brother..

poop poop

SeekDev1395d ago

To each his own. If Roger doesn't think games are art, that's his loss. However, the only reason I'd want him to change his mind is because many movie watchers trust his word. I'd hate to see his views on gaming spread to anyone else. It's rather insulting to games to think they they can't compete in the same league as movies and music. Games are as much an expression of the developer as music is for the artist. Developer == Artist.

glennco1394d ago

not to each his own at all. if you are going to make comments like this you had better played some games to back it up. the guy hasnt played any games. like the author said... "if someone hadn’t seen Citizen Kane it would be okay for them to arbitrarily bin it as a dreary, pretentious, ill-lit bore – an undergraduate mess where people draw lines on their faces to indicate that they have aged."

at least research if you are going to open your mouth and behave like an authority on a subject (not you SeekDev but Ebert)

SeekDev1394d ago

That's true. He really should try the wonderful games he's bashing. He should watch Indie Game: The Movie, if he hasn't already, that might open his eyes.

SpinalRemains1381395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

Can't trust anyone who puts more stock into their opinion on everything rather than noticing they need to eat some carrots and do a sit up.

From Glen Beck to Roger Ebert; all the fatties seem to have an opinion about everything, and in their mind's, they're never wrong. Am I right?

TheTimeDoctor1395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

you're completely right. tough taking a guy seriously that looks like a Picasso painting.

QuodEratDemonstrandm1395d ago

Video games are really just like any other medium. They can be art, but that doesn't mean they are. Most of them are entertainment.
That's not necessarily a bad thing. There is some great entertainment in books, movies, music, and video games. Art and entertainment are just two different things.
Books: 1984, The Great Gatsby, LOTR = art. Necroscope, Harry Potter, Twilight = entertainment.
Movies: American Beauty, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction = art. Anything directed by Michael Bay = entertainment.
Music: Supergrass, Nine Inch Nails, Lacuna Coil = art. Most top 40 radio = entertainment. Tool and Lady Gaga = pretentious nonsense.
Video games: MGS, Journey, Limbo = art. CoD, GTA, Assassin's Creed = entertainment. Duke Nukem, Blackwater = crap.

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